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Commission Allots $16.5M for Clinton Keith Road Extension

Plans are to break ground in September on the first section, connecting Clinton Keith Road in Murrieta to Leon Road in French Valley.

Clinton Keith Road will be paved and widened from Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Trois Valley Street, connecting the roadway with Leon Road. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)
Clinton Keith Road will be paved and widened from Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Trois Valley Street, connecting the roadway with Leon Road. (Patch file photo/Maggie Avants)

County transportation officials on Wednesday allotted $16.5 million for the first section of the long-awaited extension of Clinton Keith Road east of Whitewood Road in Murrieta to Winchester Road in French Valley.

It was among 33 projects countywide approved for a total of $115 million during a meeting of the Riverside County Transportation Commission, according to a news release.

The Clinton Keith project will be led by the Riverside County Transportation Department, which indicated in its application to RCTC that plans are to break ground in September, according to John Standiford, deputy executive director for RCTC.

“What they are looking to do here is to widen the section from Whitewood Road to Trois Valley Street by constructing a three-lane section in that part,” Standiford told Patch.

That would connect Clinton Keith to Leon Road in Spencer’s Crossing for the time being, with future Riverside County Transportation Department plans of extending Clinton Keith through to Highway 79.

RCTC is awarding the funding for this first part of the project with monies from the Measure A sales tax program, approved by voters in western Riverside County in 2009.

“This truly shows the value of the Measure A program,” said RCTC Chair Marion Ashley, a county supervisor. Every part of the county is receiving funding that will improve mobility and create needed jobs.”  

The Commission plans to budget the $16.5 million for the Clinton Keith project over the next two fiscal years, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, to accommodate cash flow.

Another large project for southwest Riverside County, the improvement of the interchange at Interstate 215 and Newport Road in Menifee, was also allotted funding in the amount of $14.6 million.

In addition to Wednesday’s funding allocation, RCTC previously awarded $10 million in state transportation funding for the I-15/French Valley Parkway in Temecula last  October.

“If projects are ready, and we have the funding, we’re going to get them built as quickly as possible,” Ashley said.

The funding decision comes after local jurisdictions were invited to apply for funding in September. A total of 55 projects were submitted requesting a total of $282 million in funding, according to Standiford.

“It was highly competitive,” Standiford said.

The Technical Advisory Committee consisting of public works professionals from jurisdictions around the county evaluated the proposals and made the comprehensive recommendations for funding to the Commission.

On Wednesday, the Commission ratified the recommendations with a unanimous vote.

Dan Lewis January 09, 2014 at 05:26 PM
$16.5 MIL TO Go less then a mile? Something fishy here
Brick January 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM
Its a little over 1.5 miles.
SA January 09, 2014 at 06:51 PM
I am sure the residents that live off of Clinton Keith’s “dirt road” are pissed as I would be… Now they will be bombarded with yahoos ….
John Smith January 09, 2014 at 08:12 PM
You have to understand that most of that 16.5 million has to go towards "administratative and environmental costs" to government employees and their union piglets.
Gina January 09, 2014 at 08:28 PM
Omg! So glad!
LBV Collins January 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I'm glad to see this, too. Should make it easier/quicker for folks in French Valley to get to the 215. As for those suffering sticker shock at the $16.5 million price tag, I suspect that the bulk of that cost goes towards materials. And what's up with the union bashing? I've been hearing about it for years. (And this is a sincere question. Why are so many people upset with unions? I've never worked for one, so I don't know.) Are unions really THAT bad, or is "Unions!" just another Republican rallying cry like "Benghazi!" or "Obamacare!" ?
Jeanne January 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM
This extension is 8 years overdue. It can not happen fast enough . Now if they could finish the Scott Road 215 exchange. Perhaps people who do not live in this area they do not realize that 1000s of homes have been built recently and 1000s more are under construction. When this extension is open it will HELP relief the cars stacked up at 215 at Scott Road everyday. But it still will not help the 100s of cars backed up on Bundy canyon who need to go to 15 everyday . It is a nightmare and very dangerous. AND the amount of cars that are now traveling on the tiny curving road that is connecting Leon with the los almos 215 exchange is also very very dangerous. Residents who care about their community, the creation of jobs, the health and welfare of the residents should embrace this. AND if you think this is too much money then you need to get involved to find out where the money is going. Then you will realize how much money things cost today /// and how much money goes to try to make the community happy. AND if you think this is bad for the community because you want the community to be all dirt roads and mobile homes then again you need to awake up ... perhaps get your head out of the dirt road:) ... to understand the community has grown far far beyond that reality . People need to have homes!! and the majority of people in USA prefer to have a house with rooms for their children and an easy way to go to and from work. It is actually pretty simple . The world increased by a billion people in the last 13 years. There will be another billion added to the world in another 11 years. That will be 8 billion people in the world. When I was in high school there were only 3 billion people in the world . IF you have strong opinions and you want a nice life then get involved and help organize this world for another billion people to be added to the mix, instead of making snide comments in your local patch column Start to think about what is really happening in the big picture in your community as it relates to the world ...because what is happening in the world is affecting your local community eventually. Oh and all these people need jobs and food . Have you done anything to help create a job in your community? or do you want to leave it to the big bankers to create jobs to foreclose on your neighbor's homes Face reality and support your current community and help create something.
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 02:06 PM
YES! This is the project that was put off several years ago, but desperately needed. They built all of those housing tracts and schools behind my house while east Los Alamos was still just a dirt road, and it was the fastest way to get into town. I remember when I was a kid you could watch Los Alamos from our house and rarely see any cars, and now there are so many cars that I have to sit and wait at the corner just to turn onto the road. They finally put down a salt solution - not true pavement - to handle the massive amount of traffic going down our road a couple years ago. A couple times during the winter after the traffic got real heavy on that road, we would get rain and the road of course turns to mud, but the problem was all these jerks with their big trucks with the raised beds who thought was great to go racing through one section of the road until it got so bad that you needed 4 wheel drive just to get through there. These kinds of people have made our already dangerous road a complete nightmare. What makes it even scarier is when semi-trucks and construction trucks go around the blind corners too fast and run you off the road (which just happened to me 2 days ago). I will be so happy when Clinton Keith is done.
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 02:20 PM
SA I honestly don't care if the people of Clinton Keith are peeved, because the people of Los Alamos (including myself) have been dealing with the racing, the spinning out of control, being run off the road, the traffic, the constant need for fixing of potholes, the jerks who like to cut through our MARKED PRIVATE roads and go racing through there, doing donuts, messing up our roads which we have to maintain ourselves, a couples times taking out our mail boxes, which we have to buy and install ourselves, etc. There is a blind curve right behind my neighbors house where we have almost daily crashes, or at least people spinning out of control because they can't control themselves and they drive too fast around the corner. At the very least, the opening of Clinton Keith will make Los Alamos safer by reducing the traffic on it.
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 03:21 PM
This is one of the most dangerous sections of Los Alamos - only made dangerous because of the heavy traffic, and all of the idiots who speed. This was a post that Murrieta Patch made a year ago: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=544840368860129&set=a.210757792268390.59662.176860368991466&type=1&stream_ref=10
Mike January 10, 2014 at 04:06 PM
So Katie, as I read your post you are good with moving all the Yahoo's from Los Alamos to Clinton Keith?
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Only an idiot would think that 100% of the traffic would move to Clinton Keith.
Katie Rucker January 10, 2014 at 04:14 PM
Los Alamos is a very dangerous road. It was not meant to hold so much traffic. Originally it was a wagon trail, and then it was later widened to handle cars. Clinton Keith was supposed to be made up to go all the way through BECAUSE of all the new housing tracts. Los Alamos was NEVER meant to handle all of that. It's a one lane winding road full of blind curves. We have accidents ALL THE TIME on our road. Having Clinton Keith open will cut that down a lot, and since it will be made to suit the traffic that it's meant to handle it will be a lot safer than Los Alamos and will create better passage for those who live in the housing tracts behind my house.
diana nanci January 11, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Bravo!!So happy to have Clinton Keith finally completed! Will make Los Alamos a country not commuter road once again and a safer parkway for for everyone within the area.

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